Samuel J. Keiffer, III

samuel keiffer, iii

July 7, 1942 ~ April 2, 2021

Born in: Saint Louis, Missouri
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Samuel J. Keiffer, III, 78, passed away April 2, 2021.  Survived by wife of 55 years, Mary E. Keiffer; children, S. James IV (Jayme) Keiffer, Robert F. (Jessika) Keiffer and Debra A. (James) Muller; grandchildren, Alicia, Alliya, Aniston, Christopher, Elora, Ilya, Kalena, Kynda, Savin and Ulayna; four sisters; and two brothers.  Preceded in death by father, Samuel J. Keiffer, Jr.; mother,  Rosemary M. Keiffer; two sisters; and one brother.  Sam was born July 7, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo. and retired from Minnequa Bank in 2002 as a Vice President after 29 years of service.  He served in the Air Force from 1960 to 1964, member of Optimist International since 1968, serving as district Lt. Governor four times and District Governor from 1996-1997.  Member of the Optimist Foundation Board of Directors for four years, served on the Parkview Hospital Foundation Board of Directors for 12 years, board member of the Pueblo County United Way for six years, treasurer of the Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen for 18 years and for 14 years, taught Junior Achievement to 3rd and 4th grade classes.  Sam loved to travel, was an avid railroad enthusiast and supported many youth programs through his dedication in Optimist International and other organizations. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3130 Morris Ave.  Memorials may be made to Optimist International Foundation at or 4494 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.  Online condolences,


Memorial Mass: April 12, 2021 10:00 am

St. Pius X Catholic Church
3130 Morris Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81008


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  1. Mary and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss and search for words that may comfort all of you. We have many fond memories of Sam especially through Parkview Medical Center Foundation Board. Sam loved his family and Pueblo. He was involved in many organizations providing his expertise to all. Sam’s welcoming smile will be missed by all. As you gather together may you remember all the wonderful times you shared. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Dr. Gordon and Helen Murley

  2. Dear Mary,
    I realize that this is tardy but I just learned of Sam’s passing
    I want you to know that the years Sam was part of the MINNEQUA FAMILY he was always an excellent employee and a good friend. His dedicated service to the bank and his hours of community service were all received with gratitude and love.
    We, all of the Minnequa Family, send to you and your family our sincere condolences, our thanks, and our love.

    Mahlon T. White
    Retired President & Chairman of the Board of Minnequa Bank of Pueblo
    In business for 99 years

  3. Keiffer family! Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Sam! I couldn’t attend the service, as I was out of town. Sam always held a special place in my heart, as he was instrumental in giving me my biggest opportunity to advance my career at Minnequa Bank! All retirees of this special bank hold great memories! I will always be grateful for his faith in my abilities & opening that life changing door for me! Prayers to you all & may he Rest In Peace! 🙏🏻

  4. Carol and I feel an emptiness in our hearts learning of Sam’s passing. Sam was a great optimist leader and mentor. Sam taught me the optimistic values of being an optimist. He was there for anyone who needed advice, holding out his hand and giving you a hug. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. We send prayers to Mary and the Keiffer family. Rest in Peace Sam and may the good Lord welcome you with open arms.

  5. Thinking of you in this difficult time, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Jim and Family,
    My families prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Cherish the good memories you have. His journey is a pleasant one now.

    My sincerest sympathy

  7. In these times, we mourn the death of our loved ones. In these times we can celebrate life after death as our loved ones enter our Lords eternal kingdom. Our condolences go out to your family for your loss and our prayers go to Sam for his eternal peace and happiness.

    The Whatley Family

  8. God bless you Mary. Sam was a total contributor to the PUEBLO community and beyond. His intelligence and common sense made him invaluable to the many organizations he served as a volunteer. He has now left for a better place where his reward will be great. While we live in this world which has its share of troubles, our eyes should be fixed on the next world in which we live for eternity.

  9. The John and MaryAnn Johnson family would like to express our deepest condolences to Sam and the entire family. Sam and Mary Ann worked together for years and my parents would be saddened to hear this news. May they still visit each other in heaven.

    Leanne Whitman and the Johnson family

  10. May God’s peace be with his family. Loss of life is the most difficult part of this journey.


  11. Sam will be missed by so many! He was a true Optimist and did so much for his community and other communities throughout our world! May God bless and comfort all who loved him!

  12. Mr. Sam was an awesome man! Funny, happy, knowledgeable, sincere, encouraging, sweet (when he wanted to be), intelligent, a great friend……etc. etc! You will be sorely missed by many, including me! I thought you, (like my dad), would be indestructible! May you rest in peace! We will all meet again when it’s our time! Godspeed Sam!

  13. God’s Blessings to your whole family from the Killeen family. God is Good.

  14. Sam was a hero, mentor and protector to me and so many; he will be dearly missed. Praising God for his mercy and rejoicing that Sam is with the angels where we will reunite once again!

  15. Sam, you will be missed by all. You were such a help to me when I was Governor. May you rest in peace as you join many other Optimist friends.

  16. Champion in life, proven leader of his community and associations. His accomplishments were many, his legacy through improved life for others will continue without end.

  17. Sam loved his family deeply. He was a kind and honest man with a heart of gold. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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